Suicide prevention grant to serve communities during COVID-19 pandemic

Friday, July 31, 2020

Seasons Center for Behavioral Health was granted the Suicide Prevention Grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), beginning July 31, 2020. This grant allows Seasons to increase access to behavioral health services for individuals, families, and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and enhance efforts to prevent suicide and suicide attempts within nine counties in rural northwest Iowa.

“We are seeing an increased need for mental health services due to the COVID-19 crisis across our service area,” said Kim Scorza, CEO/President of Seasons Center. “Seasons is grateful to have received the Suicide Prevention Grant through SAMHSA in order to provide specific services and resources for our community as we continue to support northwest Iowa individuals and families.”

Seasons will be offering specialized services for individuals struggling with behavioral health challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and other stressors through care coordination. Additional resources provided through the Suicide Prevention Grant will include increased opportunities for suicide prevention trainings like Mental Health First Aid, regional summits, public awareness campaigns, staff training, and outreach materials.

The nine-county area served under this grant includes: Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, and Sioux counties. Though this grant serves all individuals of the nine-county area, Seasons will implement specific plans to serve victims of domestic violence, farmers and ag-related workers, and immigrants and refugees.

“With this new project, we will be hiring new positions to provide services and support to those who may be struggling,” said Christina Eggink-Postma, VP of Program Coordination and Compliance. “Professionals and college graduates in social work or related fields can visit our website to learn more about the positions available, which includes a Project Director and Care Coordinator positions.”

For more information on this grant or services provided by Seasons, Autumn’s Center, and Camp Autumn, please visit our website at: www.seasonscenter.org or call 1.800.242.5101.

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